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For the frog genus, see Atelopus.

Temporal range: 15.9–0 Ma
Middle Miocene to Present
Ateleopus japonicus.jpg
Ateleopus japonicus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Ateleopodiformes
Family: Ateleopodidae
Genus: Ateleopus
Temminck & Schlegel, 1846

Podateles Boulenger, 1902

Ateleopus is a genus of ray-finned fish in the jellynose family Ateleopodidae. It is the type genus of its family, and the order Ateleopodiformes. For some time, it was known as Podateles, because Ateleopus had been used to replace the frog genus name Atelopus, which was deemed to be a spelling error. This was mistaken, however, and the fish and frog genera reverted to their original names.

This genus occurs in the fossil record since the mid-Miocene.


There are currently 4 recognized species in this genus.[1] Several other species have been described, but these are synonyms.[2]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2017). Species of Ateleopus in FishBase. July 2017 version.
  2. ^ a b Kaga, T., Van Oijen, M.J.P., Kubo, Y. & Kitagawa, E. (2015): Redescription of Ateleopus japonicus Bleeker 1853, a senior synonym of Ateleopus schlegelii van der Hoeven 1855, Ateleopus purpureus Tanaka 1915, and Ateleopus tanabensis Tanaka 1918 with designation of a lectotype for A. japonicus and A. schlegelii (Ateleopodiformes: Ateleopodidae). Zootaxa, 4027 (3): 389–407.
  3. ^ Kaga, T. (2016): A new jellynose, Ateleopus edentatus, from the western Pacific Ocean (Teleostei: Ateleopodiformes: Ateleopodidae). Zootaxa, 4083 (4): 562–568.